Category Archives: Legislative News

Judy Camuso and four bills debated on January 30

            Judy Camuso’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for 9 AM on January 30 by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee at the legislature. Following Judy’s hearing the committee will hear testimony on four legislative bills.             I expect Judy’s hearing may go on for a while because there are a lot of people very enthusiastic […]

Legislation introduced to allow Sunday hunting and a spring bear season

Many legislative proposals are not new. This session, legislators will again debate Sunday hunting and a spring bear hunt, both of which are guaranteed to lose. Here are more legislative titles and sponsors of hunting bills. Title: An Act To Start a Spring Bear Hunting Season – Rep. Peter Lyford of Eddington Title: An Act […]

Legislature tackles everything from ice fishing to turkey hunting

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will be busy this session. I’m writing a series of columns about all the bills of interest to sportsmen and women. While we await details of these bills, we can guess from the titles what is being proposed. Here are some more titles and sponsors. Many of these […]

IFW Committee Has Lots Of New Members

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee has 9 new members, although several are experienced legislators. Included on that very-experienced list are Senators Paul Davis and Representatives John Martin and Danny Martin. Danny Martin was IFW Commissioner for Governor John Baldacci. The committee also has new chairs, Senator Jim Dill and Representative Catherine Nadeau. Nadeau […]

Some of These Fish and Wildlife Legislative Bills Will Be Provocative

Of the first 50 legislative bills listed on the legislature’s website are four related to fish and wildlife. I’m expecting lots of fish and wildlife bills this session, including some from our governor and new DIFW commissioner. But for the first time in 30 years, I did not offer any bills, partly because my illness, […]

1991 legislature killed these bills

The other night I was reading a July 1991 edition of The Maine Sportsman, when I came across a column from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine listing the legislative bills the group helped to defeat that session. I found this list to be quite interesting and I want to share with you today. Here it […]

Time to demand public funding for DIFW

It is time to demand public funding for the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department, which does a lot for all the citizens of Maine, but gets almost no funding from most Mainers.  Public funding for DIFW should be the top priority in the next legislative session for all of Maine’s groups representing hunters, anglers, conservationists, […]

Legislative Committee likes New Brook Trout Protection Plan

DIF&W recently presented their plan to expand protection of our native brook trout to members of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. Today I want to share with you the reaction of committee members. This all began with a bill I submitted in the last legislative session to expand protection to the tributaries to […]

Plan to expand protection of native brook trout taking shape

A proposal and plan to expand protection for Maine’s native brook trout is taking shape at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and I must report that I am very pleased that Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s Fisheries Division Director, has taken the lead on this. Francis has been working with a small group of individuals, […]